NoiseBoys connect with Van Damme at Leicester Cathedral
The discovery of the bones of King Richard III has caused much excitement amongst historians and, following the decision to reinter his remains in the cathedral at Leicester, sparked a massive refurbishment of that establishment including detailed attention to the cathedral’s AV systems.
Stepping up to the task was Leicester pro audio and acoustics consultancy NoiseBoys Technologies who, having won the competitive tender to become preferred supplier to Leicester Cathedral, were commissioned to design and install a completely new audio system. All the cabling for the new system was Van Damme, supplied and assembled by VDC Trading.
The installation involves multiple zones around the cathedral, each one crystal clear in its reproduction of speech, yet natural in the context of the cathedral’s space and acoustics. Each zone can function individually for smaller services, or the whole cathedral can be used as one space for larger gatherings.
Working closely with cathedral staff, architects and other specialist conservation trades, NoiseBoys have provided flexible and discreet speech reinforcement throughout.
The speakers are by Germany’s Pan Acoustics; featuring the unobtrusive and acoustically excellent Pan Beam column arrays, with JBL CBT 50s in the side chapel areas. The control system is BSS Soundweb, and is designed to be very capable, yet simply presented to the users, most of whom are non-technical staff or volunteers. Day-to-day control of the Soundweb is achieved via a touch-screen tablet, allowing vergers to tap once to set up the entire cathedral, but more advanced users to mix services live.
Microphones comprise a mixture of DPA and AKG units, and at the mix position Tascam provides the playback and recording devices. The whole system is connected using a variety of cabling options by Van Damme from VDC Trading. The cabling includes assemblies of dual Cat 6, Van Damme 75ohm Coax Cable, 2 Pair Blue, 1 Pair White Line, HD-SDI Cable and Van Damme microphone cables.
Phill Beynon NoiseBoys Technical Director commented: “We chose Van Damme from VDC because of their exceptional reputation; they are always our first choice for cable, so we were confident that we would get great customer support and a product with uncompromising quality. The Leicester Cathedral project was quite complex and we needed a variety of cabling solutions for different areas within the building and we knew that VDC were able to provide this, which made our job so much easier. We were able to design a sound system with small and discreet cabling, which gave us the flexibility to produce a solution that did not impact on the integrity of such a historic building, but also doesn’t compromise on the superb sound quality which is so important.”
Leicester Cathedral is concerned with telling the story of King Richard III and to help visitors understand what they’re looking at when they visit, and to that end has commissioned a series of interpretative displays. Unlike the interesting and historically informative displays over the road in the Visitor Centre, these are not designed so much to inform or entertain as to stimulate people to think – and maybe also to pray. They will do this by linking aspects of the story of the life and death of Richard III with the stories of our own lives. The displays will also offer a more permanent way of displaying the amazing Pall made by Jacquie Binns, and the replica crown donated to be with King Richard III by John Ashdown-Hill for his reinterment, and apparently, beyond.
NoiseBoys Technologies offer a fully bespoke service from consultation to installation of your audio, visual and lighting projects into many different venues including schools and colleges, houses of worship, hotels, retail outlets and entertainment venues.
Every project involves listening very carefully to the customer and they pride themselves on going that extra mile to give their customers the best possible solution to their vision.
NoiseBoys do all of their programming in-house which enables them to offer a very cost effective solution to your requirements. Their unique integrated technology systems allow them to produce sound and lighting and almost everything else via a tablet, set into a wall panel or iOS device that via a single button can set up an entire room or building’s technical infrastructure.
They are also official dealers for brands such as Yamaha Pro Audio, Ohm speakers, Allen & Heath, Audio Technica and DPA microphones.
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